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Sam Contis, Eggs, 2015, gelatin silver print, 37 1/2 × 30".

Sam Contis

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery

Sam Contis, Eggs, 2015, gelatin silver print, 37 1/2 × 30".

If you happened to be a guy who scored well on your SATs and had a slight yen for paths less taken, then you probably wondered for at least a minute: What would it be like to go to Deep Springs College? Deep Springs, as you might know even if you don’t fit that demographic, is the country’s smallest college, and possibly its most geographically isolated; its seven or eight faculty members offer thirty or fewer male students a rigorous two-year education from which most go on to complete their BAs at one of the Ivies. And it’s all free, but each student is required to work twenty hours a week on the college’s ranch and farm. Mens sana in corpore sano and all that.

Now a century old, the college, which is located in Deep Springs, California, may finally be on the verge of going coeducational. But it’s already had a female eye on it for the past four years, that of Bay Area–based

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